The BBC and BuzzFeed have published a report, based on secret documents, that contains evidence of match-fixing in tennis. The claims involve 16 of the world’s top 50 players over the last decade, eight of whom are in this year’s Australian Open. The joint investigation alleges that the Tennis Integrity Unit, the body responsible for policing the sport, failed to act on reports of corruption dating back to 2007. Martin Aviles, a Mexico-based sports reporter at Economics Today, gives Metro his insight on what he calls the greatest sports crisis in history.
Q: How big a problem is illegal gambling in sports?
– Sports gambling is something almost natural, but the biggest problem comes up when it goes beyond the sporting arena and becomes even more important than the athletic competition itself. Sports are at its greatest crisis in history and scandals around FIFA prove it, along with doping in athletics and big problems in cycling and baseball. Sports stopped having credibility and the world of illegal gambling networks appears to be bigger than we thought; the damage could be irreparable if it is not stopped immediately.